-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Crew List
Updated 17-Apr-2010

It is estimated that as many as 9,000 men served aboard the "Mighty Hood" during the operational portion of her 21 year career. Unfortunately, there is no surviving official single listing of ALL men who served in her. Here you will find our attempt at creating such a listing. We are using the few, fragmentary crew lists known to exist, Navy Lists, various official reports, public records, and most importantly of all, inputs from the families of former crew.

Chainbar divider

Frederick William Witchell

Date of Birth:

6 May 1898
Place of Birth: Bristol
Former Occupation: Coachbuilder (ironworks)
Service: Royal Navy
Service No.: Devonport Division J.26588
Previous Service No.: None
Rank in Hood (highest): Able Seaman
Period in Hood: 2 January 1925 to 4 January 1928
Biographical Information: Frederick Witchell joined the Royal Navy on 29 August 1913, at the age of 15, enlisting initially for 12 years. He served in Hood as an Able Seaman, and was discharged from the ship and the Royal Navy on medical grounds. He became a postman, but re-enlisted during the Second World War,and was one of three men who lost their lives when Her Majesty's Trawler (HMT) Kingston Sapphire was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Nani in position 36.11'N, 06.32'W, in the Atlantic twenty miles south of Cadiz, Spain, on 5 October 1940